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Romance & Cigarettes -- A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.
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Romance & Cigarettes -- A down-and-dirty musical set in the world of working-class New York, tells a story of a husband's journey into infidelity and redemption when he must choose between his seductive mistress and his beleaguered wife.
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James Gandolfini ... Nick Murder

Susan Sarandon ... Kitty Kane

Kate Winslet ... Tula

Steve Buscemi ... Angelo

Bobby Cannavale ... Fryburg

Mandy Moore ... Baby

Mary-Louise Parker ... Constance

Aida Turturro ... Rosebud

Christopher Walken ... Cousin Bo

Barbara Sukowa ... Gracie

Elaine Stritch ... Nick's Mother

Eddie Izzard ... Gene Vincent

Amy Sedaris ... Frances

P.J. Brown ... Police Officer

Adam LeFevre ... Fruitman

Cady Huffman ... Female Dancer & Singer

Tonya Pinkins ... Female Medic

David Thornton ... Urologist

Kumar Pallana ... Kumar
June Stein ... Frances' Mother
Michael McElroy ... Ten Commandments Priest
Joseph Longo ... Altar Boy
Devon McRimmon ... Altar Boy
Amedeo Turturro ... Fryburg Friend
Ryan Webb ... Fryburg Friend
Jake Cannavale ... Fryburg Friend (as Jacob Lumet-Cannavale)
Diego Z. Turturro ... Boy on Tricycle (as Diego Turturro)

Yianni Digaletos ... The Greek

Katherine Borowitz ... Choir Lady / Singer (as Katherine Turturro)
Alexandra Beller ... Female Dancer & Singer

Tricia Brouk ... Female Dancer & Singer
Mary Bond Davis ... Female Dancer & Singer
LaRita Gaskins ... Female Dancer & Singer
Karen Graham ... Female Dancer & Singer
Kelly Robertson ... Female Dancer & Singer
Daria Hardeman ... Female Dancer & Singer
Lisa Tachick Hooper ... Female Dancer & Singer
Wanda L. Houston ... Female Dancer & Singer
Kate Johnson ... Female Dancer & Singer
Rosalynde LeBlanc ... Female Dancer & Singer
Adele Meyers ... Female Dancer & Singer
Rosetta Mallardi ... Female Dancer & Singer
Emily Molnar ... Female Dancer & Singer
Elizabeth H. Parkinson ... Female Dancer & Singer (as Elizabeth Parkinson)
Nourhan Sharif ... Female Dancer & Singer
Valerie Striar ... Female Dancer & Singer
Rebecca Wender ... Female Dancer & Singer
Brian Arch ... Male Dancer & Singer
Félix Blaska ... Male Dancer & Singer
James Borowitz ... Male Dancer & Singer
Joao Caravalho ... Male Dancer & Singer
Alex Escalante ... Male Dancer & Singer
Clarence Figgures ... Male Dancer & Singer
Rudy Heron ... Male Dancer & Singer
Eric Jackson ... Male Dancer & Singer
John Kelly ... Male Dancer & Singer
David Scott Klein ... Male Dancer & Singer
Victorio Korjhan ... Male Dancer & Singer
Gelan Lambert Jr. ... Male Dancer & Singer
Laurent Lambert ... Male Dancer & Singer
'Stretch' Merced ... Male Dancer & Singer (as Raul Merced)
Chris McGovern ... Male Dancer & Singer (as Christopher McGovern)
Otto Moreira ... Male Dancer & Singer
Christopher Morgan ... Male Dancer & Singer
Vincent J. Orofino ... Male Dancer & Singer (as Vincent Orofino)
Joe Paparone ... Male Dancer & Singer (as Joseph Paparone)
John Selya ... Male Dancer & Singer
Gus Solomons Jr. ... Male Dancer & Singer

John Turturro ... Male Dancer & Singer
Takehiro Ueyama ... Male Dancer & Singer
Dared Wright ... Male Dancer & Singer

Tom Bruno ... Fireman
Scott Friese ... Fireman
Neil Jorgensen ... Fireman
Buddy McKay ... Fireman
Robert Morgan ... Fireman
Robert A. Pennacchia ... Fireman (as Robert A. Pennachia)
Dave Ryan ... Fireman
Salty ... Fireman
Kendall Washington ... Fireman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Craig Castaldo ... Slick Haired Man (uncredited)
Marti Cooney ... Receptionist (uncredited)

Michael Devine ... Police Officer #2 (uncredited)

Ivan Fatovic ... Priest (uncredited)
Robert Feeley ... Motel Guest (uncredited)

Tony Goldwyn ... Kitty's First Love (uncredited)
Jeannette Gould ... Devoted Wife (uncredited)
Tom Nobles ... Florist (uncredited)

Directed by
John Turturro 
Writing credits
John Turturro (written by)

Produced by
Nasser Ahmad .... co-producer
Carole Barham .... co-producer
Norman Barham .... co-producer
Justin Berfield .... co-producer
John Bivona .... co-producer
John A. Canning Jr. .... co-producer
Kuljinder Chase .... co-producer
Ethan Coen .... executive producer
Joel Coen .... executive producer
Jana Edelbaum .... executive producer
Jason Felts .... co-producer
Carmen Fiore .... co-producer
Robin Gold .... associate producer
David Heller .... co-producer
Nick Hill .... executive producer
Michael Karp .... co-producer
Laurent Lambert .... associate producer
Michael Lesser .... co-producer
Douglas Lowey .... co-producer
Ellen Lowey .... co-producer
Bernie Meyers .... co-producer
Rosa Meyers .... co-producer
John Penotti .... producer
Scott Prince .... co-producer
Ira Rimerman .... co-producer
Iris Rimerman .... co-producer
Matthew H. Rowland .... executive producer (as Matthew Rowland)
Harold Schein .... co-producer
Mindy Schneider .... co-producer
Romita Shetty .... co-producer
Henry J. Simonds .... co-producer
Marc Spilker .... co-producer
Jon Turtle .... co-producer
John Turturro .... producer
J. David Williams .... co-producer (as David Williams)
Judith Zarin .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Tom Stern (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Ray Hubley 
Casting by
Todd Thaler 
Production Design by
Donna Zakowska 
Art Direction by
Mario Ventenilla  (as Mario R. Ventenilla)
Set Decoration by
Elaine O'Donnell 
Costume Design by
Donna Zakowska 
Makeup Department
Roy Bryson .... key hair stylist
Joseph A. Campayno .... key makeup artist (as Joe Campayno)
Anita Gibson .... second makeup
Donna Battersby Greene .... hair assistant (as Donna Battersby-Greene)
Paul LeBlanc .... hair supervisor
Production Management
Miles Ferguson .... post-production supervisor
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
Montez A. Monroe .... production supervisor (as Montez Monroe)
Matthew H. Rowland .... unit production manager (as Matthew Rowland)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charlie Foster .... dga trainee
Sarah Rae Garrett .... second second assistant director
Todd Pfeiffer .... first assistant director
Shea Rowan .... second assistant director
Art Department
Edgard Acevedo .... industrial scenic
Deborah Canfield .... set dresser (as Debbie Canfield)
Kelly Canfield .... set dresser (as T. Kelly Canfield)
Philip Canfield .... leadman
Ruth Deleon .... on-set dresser (as Ruth DeLeon)
Richard Hebrank .... construction coordinator
Brian Jensen .... art department assistant
Brian Jones .... set dresser
Susan Kaufman .... assistant set decorator
Robert Keller .... construction foreman
Erik Knight .... art department coordinator
Laurent Lambert .... storyboard artist
Mark Lane-Davies .... stand-by painter (as Mark Lane Davies)
Jeff Mazzola .... property master
Mike Platarote Jr. .... assistant property master (as Mike Platarore)
John Ralbovsky .... scenic foreman
Giovanni Rodriguez .... scenic charge
Kyung W. Chang .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Julia Garrison .... painter (uncredited)
Michael Lucas .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Randy L. Parisian .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Coll Anderson .... sound effects recordist
Timothy R. Boyce Jr. .... sound recordist (as T.R. Boyce Jr.)
Rick Canelli .... adr recordist
Krissopher Chevannes .... adr recordist
Ryan Collison .... foley recordist
Bobby Johanson .... adr mixer
Andy Kris .... sound re-recording mixer
Terrance Laudermilch .... sound re-recordist (as Terry Laudermilch)
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound designer
Tod A. Maitland .... production sound mixer
Tony Martinez .... supervising dialogue editor
Eric McAllister .... assistant sound editor
Jane McCulley .... adr editor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer (as Tom O'Connell)
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound designer
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Dave Paterson .... sound effects editor
Jay Peck .... foley artist
Mary Ellen Porto .... dialogue editor
Michael Scott .... boom operator
Bill Sweeney .... foley editor (as William Sweeney)
Dominick Tavella .... sound re-recording mixer
Roland Vajs .... assistant adr editor
Eric Strausser .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Conrad V. Brink Jr. .... special effects foreman (as Conrad V. Brink)
Connie Brink .... special effects coordinator (as Conrad F. Brink)
Visual Effects by
Krista Allain .... visual effects coordinator: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Patrick Coffey .... digital compositor: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Peter Dydo .... 3D artist: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Raymond Gieringer .... visual effects supervisor: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Wendy Lanning .... visual effects producer: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Mai-Ling Lee .... 3D artist: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Jim Maxwell .... digital matte artist: Intelligent Creatures Inc.
Ryan Beadle .... digital I/O (uncredited)
Dennis Dorney .... digital lineup (uncredited)
Michele Ferrone .... visual effects producer (uncredited)
Michael Hatton .... visual effects technical advisor: Intelligent Creatures Inc. (uncredited)
Shaina Holmes .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lori C. Miller .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Lon Molnar .... visual effects creative advisor: Intelligent Creatures Inc. (uncredited)
L. Elizabeth Powers .... digital art director (uncredited)
Darcy Reno .... systems administrator (uncredited)
Mark Sawicki .... green screen photographer (uncredited)
Amani Williams .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Peter Bucossi .... stunt coordinator
Anthony Vincent .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Will Arnot .... Steadicam operator
Will Arnot .... camera operator: "b" camera
K.C. Bailey .... still photographer
Bill Coe .... first assistant camera (as William Coe)
Aaron Dawley .... grip
Andy Day .... chief lighting technician
Brian Fitzsimons .... grip (as Brian Fitzsimmons)
Jamie Gallagher .... generator operator
Anthony Gamiello .... best boy grip
Dennis Gamiello .... key grip
Charlie Grubbs .... lamp operator
Michael Hunold .... lamp operator
Scott Koenigsberg .... camera loader
Jennifer Koestler .... second assistant camera
David Lee .... still photographer
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip (as Ed Lowry)
Bruce MacCallum .... camera operator
Rocco Palmieri .... assistant chief lighting technician
Louis Petraglia .... grip
Daniel Salk .... video assist operator
Christopher Santilli .... assistant camera (as Chris Santilly)
Lowell Schulman .... lamp operator
Nicolas L. Charuet .... grip (uncredited)
Stanley Fernandez Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
James Harker .... electrician (uncredited)
Amy Albano Jachyra .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Chris Lombardozzi .... electrician (uncredited)
Darren Ryan .... 24 frame video operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Karen E. Etcoff .... extras casting (as Karen Etcoff)
Philip Huffman .... casting assistant
Bill Tripician .... extras casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Amy Andrews .... wardrobe supervisor (as Amy Andrew Harrell)
Kelley Burney .... costume assistant
Lorraine Calvert .... assistant costume designer
Leah Katznelson .... costume assistant
Marcia Patten .... wardrobe supervisor (as Marcia Patten)
Stephanie Biear .... head seamstress (uncredited)
Debbie Lucas .... seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Agnes Grandits .... first assistant editor (as Agnes Challe-Grandits)
Ann Gray .... post-production coordinator
Carrie Petri .... post-production assistant
Liz Sandoval .... post-production assistant
Stephen R. Sheridan .... color timer (as Steve Sheridan)
Beatrice Sisul .... first assistant editor
Sam Daley .... colorist: dailies (uncredited)
Joe Landauer .... additional editor (uncredited)
Brooks Larsen .... assistant editor: re-cut (uncredited)
Music Department
Justo Almario .... musician (as Jousto Almario)
Paul Chihara .... composer: additional music
Marilyn D'Amato .... music coach
Tom Gould .... music playback operator
Peewee Hill .... music engineer (as Pee Wee Hill)
Shari Johanson .... music editor
Ashen Keilyn .... associate music producer
Ashen Keilyn .... music coach
Abe Laboriel .... musician (as Abraham Laboriel)
Bill Maxwell .... music producer
Bill Maxwell .... musician
Lou Pardini .... musician
Houston Person .... musician: saxophone solos
Chris Rich .... music engineer
Chris Robertson .... music supervisor
Jim Scheffler .... music mixer
Nourhan Sharif .... composer: additional music, ModMusic
Roland Vajs .... assistant music editor
Transportation Department
Kevin Keefe .... transportation captain
Kristopher Keefe .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Stacy Adamski .... assistant: Kate Winslet
Brian Ascher .... production assistant
Vincent Bivona .... production assistant
Kevin Black .... accounting assistant
Christina Born .... production insurance: Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance
Tricia Brouk .... choreographer
Cornelio Campoverde .... craft service: By Dawn's Early Light
Jonathan P. Caro .... office production assistant (as Jonathan Caro)
May Chen .... legal assistant (as May Chan)
Chris Collins .... assistant production coordinator
Mark Edlitz .... assistant: Susan Sarandon
John B. Finn .... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc. (as John Finn)
Frances Fiore .... unit publicist
Trixie Flynn .... assistant: James Gandolfini
Laurie Gershon .... rights and clearances
Margie Gillis .... choreographer: Delilah
Matthew Gordon .... production assistant
Shawn Hamilton .... post-production accountant: JFA, Inc.
Michael Hartel .... assistant location manager
Heather Holst .... legal assistant
Scott Jacobson .... production assistant
Lindsey Jaffin .... production secretary
Cynthia Kao .... assistant to choreographer
Chiemi Karasawa .... script supervisor
Clare Lord .... assistant location manager (as Claire Lord)
Steve McAuliff .... animal wrangler
Mandy Moore .... choreographer: Red Headed Woman (as Moore and Parker)
Kellie Morrison .... assistant location manager
George Nannas .... chef
Steve Oppenheim .... production assistant
Mary-Louise Parker .... choreographer: Red Headed Woman (as Moore and Parker)
Elizabeth Radshaw .... assistant: Matthew Rowland
Leah Ramella .... assistant: John Penotti
J. Max Ruschak .... first assistant accountant
Andrew Saxe .... location manager
Kathi Scharer .... accountant
Paula Schmidt .... completion bond: Film Finances
Eric Shonz .... production insurance: Aon/Albert G. Ruben Insurance
José Tejada .... parking coordinator (as Jose Tejada)
Tim Williams .... executive: GreenStreet Films
Kurt Woolner .... completion bond: Film Finances
Joanna Zorick .... payroll accountant (as Joanne Zorcik)
Yasmine Brito .... choreographic assistant (uncredited)
Jenn Bubka .... production assistant (uncredited)
David Catalano .... production assistant (uncredited)
Ryan Delk .... production intern (uncredited)
Dave Ginsberg .... location manager: re-shoots (uncredited)
Jessalyn Haefele .... production intern (uncredited)
Jeremy David Lee .... additional production secretary (uncredited)
Matthew Manson .... additional production assistant (uncredited)
Guillaume Renberg .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Susan Silas .... location scout (uncredited)
Yorgo Stathopoulos .... location assistant (uncredited)
Christina Bazdekis .... thanks
Brandon Cole .... thanks
Stephen Colletti .... thanks
Miles Ferguson .... thanks
Wanda Kelly .... thanks
Robert Longo .... thanks
Katherine Oliver .... thanks: The New York City Mayor's Office of Film, Theater & Broadcasting, Commissioner
Bart Walker .... thanks
Jane Wilson-Marquis .... thanks
Crew believed to be complete

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105 min
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Although the film was shown at the Venice Film Festival and had an official release in the UK in 2006, the movie was not released in the US for years. This was mainly due to the fact that MGM was bought by a consortium headed by Sony in 2005, which led to a legal mess of whom, either MGM or Sony has the rights to the movie. In August 2007 director John Turturro decided to distribute the movie with his own money.See more »
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Roe and the Greek Man are walking past Bo and Kitty in the Diner, the sound of the Greek man smacking Roe's bottom is sharply heard, yet we can clearly see his hand on Roe's waist the entire time.See more »
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52 out of 64 people found the following review useful.
Tuturro Faces the Music, 27 March 2006
Author: Tom Clarke ( from

Direction duties on the latest Coen brothers release have been entrusted to an able lieutenant in John Tuturro – the scene-stealing actor from O Brother, Where Art Thou, Miller's Crossing and The Big Lebowski. In his hands, Romance and Cigarettes embraces all the staple Coen nuances but is unsettlingly gritty – less kitsch, more kitchen sink.

Predictably, the film is just a fraction beyond offbeat. For starters it is a musical – original songs and irreverent covers belch incongruously through the pithy dialogue – and, while appearing slightly amateurish at times, in the main it is shot with a grimy panache.

The anti-hero is Nick Murder (James Gandolfini) - an overweight, chain-smoking construction worker who is married to Kitty (Susan Sarandon), but having a torrid affair with ballsy English slapper Tula (Kate Winslet). Nick has a trio of daughters (Mandy Moore – precocious sex bomb, Mary Louise Parker – punk and Aida Tuturro – chubby mummy's girl) who pass the time knocking out grungey rock music in their back garden. Plot-wise, that's about your lot - superficially, the movie is about a family coping with adultery, but this is the Coen brothers, so there are always points of interest lurking in the mundane subject matter.

If you're going to have a stab at unconventional drama, it is best to arm yourself with some quality to beef up your oddballs. So Tuturro has called in favours from Steve Buscemi who raises more than a few chortles as Nick's philosophising co-worker, and an elaborately coiffed Christopher Walken who lends the fancy footwork he cultured on that Fatboy Slim video to some of the more surreal dance sequences. Weirder still is Eddie Izzard's new age church choir organist who distributes marital advice to Mrs. Murder in between belting out gospel hits.

A stellar cast then, and one cannot fault the promotional poster, which is so dominated by Winslet's mountainous, and, let's face it, almost certainly air-brushed breasts (no offence Kate) that it has been crudely censored on the London Underground.

The poster hints at Winslet being some sort of femme fatale, but she actually has few scenes to demonstrate anything other than jiggling, pouting and athletic sexual gymnastics. Much of her dialogue (delivered in an ambiguously mid-Pennines northern accent) is absolutely filthy dirty and is, if you close your eyes, uncomfortably evocative of Kathy Staff in Last of the Summer Wine. No wonder I had nightmares afterwards.

Winslet is following in the footsteps of Helena Bonham Carter, shrugging off the corset and the irritating "English rose" label by taking increasingly earthy roles. Serious, cerebral critics (their spectacles steaming up with every cleavage shot) will no doubt call this performance "brave", "challenging" or even "career defining". More realistically, she probably saw it as an ideal chance to prance around in hot pants and spout smut breathlessly into a telephone whilst trying desperately not to giggle. Either way, it's obviously some sort of trend among English actresses – watch out for Keira Knightley in the new remake of Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!

But beneath the silliness beats a mournful heart. The Coens' influence, though undeniably prominent, does not swamp Tuturro's serious side and the last third of the movie sees a significant mood change.

Buscemi, Walken and the quirky choreography take a back seat as Gandolfini and Sarandon muscle their way to the fore. It is an impressively gripping finale to a curiously disjointed film, and one which, on balance, just about tips it towards triumph rather than turkey.

The story is wafer thin and the musical set pieces veer dangerously between hit and miss. Frankly it's a bit of a shambles at times, but no less enjoyable for that.


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